In the wake of their success with "Gone Girl", Ben Affleck and director David Fincher will re-team for a remake of Alfred Hitchcock's classic 1951 thriller "Strangers on a Train". The original film is regarded as one of Hitchcock's best. The movie starred Farley Granger as a dapper young tennis pro who has a chance encounter with a man of similar age, played by Robert Walker, with whom he shares a compartment on a train. To pass the time, the men engage in a macabre "what-if" scenario to see if they can construct the perfect crime. They come up with what appears to be a foolproof plan. Both men name a bothersome real life person as the presumed "victim". They then agree that if each man carried out a murder on behalf of the other man, they would never be caught because they have no ties to each other and don't even know the person they will murder. The two men part company but Granger is horrified when he discovers Walker took the conversation literally and has murdered the person Granger had named as the victim. Worse, he now insists that Granger carry out his part of the plan or be murdered himself. The ingenious story line has a timeless appeal but Affleck and Fincher are walking on thin ice in terms of incurring the wrath of Hitchcock enthusiasts who regard his work as sacred. On the other hand, they obviously hope to appeal to young audiences, among whom many probably never even heard of Hitchcock, let alone the original film. The original has also been analyzed extensively for what many consider to be a homo-erotic attraction between the characters played by Granger and Walker, who had a field day creating one of the era's most memorable movie villains. Given Affleck will star, chances are this element of the original film will not be present in the remake. Click here for more.
Cinema Retro has received the following announcement:
The most celebrated lawman of the Old West rides again
in the complete series (1955-1961) of the popular classic television Series The
Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp. Hugh
O'Brian stars as the famed marshal whose exploits with Doc Holliday, Bat
Masterson and the Clanton Gang are boldly brought to life in episodes based on
actual events. With his signature Buntline Special pistol in hand, Wyatt Earp
held posts in a series of increasingly lawless towns and battled dangerous men
in his efforts to keep the peace. Through Ellsworth, Wichita, Dodge City and Tombstone, Wyatt's reputation
as a just and formidable marshal grew, culminating in a storied gunfight that
would seal his legend.
The success of the TV series spawned a series of comic book tie-ins.
This complete series includes all six seasons on 30 DVDs,
approximately 100 hours of content. Also included in this collectors set are
interviews with stars Hugh O’Brian and Mason Alan Dinehart III and an historical
timeline of The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp.